Spaulding Searching for Participants for New ‘Home Safe Home’ Program

CAPE COD – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod is introducing a new program in October with the goal of helping people stay independent in their homes.

The program, ‘Home Safe Home’ is designed to give people tools and strategies to safely manage personal care and household tasks while reducing the risk of injuries from falling and other threats to independence.

Inpatient Occupational Therapist and Advanced Clinician at Spaulding Cape Cod Deb Greenstein developed Home Safe Home.  Greenstein is part of a team that helps patients gain the strength and functional abilities they need to go home after a significant illness, injury or surgery.

“In our hospital, patients’ only job is to get stronger.  They receive plenty of therapy, coaching, and motivation while we take care of meals, cleaning and other practical tasks that they or their family will have to do once they go home,” Greenstein said. “For some, that shift in responsibility can be overwhelming.

Techniques are reinforced upon patients, who learn while in rehabilitation. Sessions focus on energy conservation, work simplification, home modifications, and exercise, with strategies throughout to reduce fall risk.

“We want participants to learn efficient methods to do normal daily activities to reduce physical and emotional strain,” said Greenstein. 

Recent or former patients and their care partners; persons living with chronic illness, disability, or impacts of aging; persons wanting to improve daily functional abilities; and persons interested in planning for the future are invited to participate.  The pilot program is free to participants.

“It’s one thing to do the minimum needed to be home.  It’s another to live the life you want.  Our goal is to help people not just get by, but to thrive,” Greenstein said.

Home Safe Home will meet at  Spaulding Cape Cod for three weeks on Tuesdays from 2 – 3 p.m. beginning October 23.  Pre-registration is required.  For information and to pre-register, call 508.833.4191.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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